We believe all churches are called to one mission and that is simply to make disciples. So if you ask Pastor Matt what the mission of Grace and Peace is, he will always say "To Make Disciples." We love our neighbors, we open our homes, we share the love of Jesus. How we make disciples in the context of Northeast Denver is through our vision and core values.
We want to see a vibrant and diverse worshipping community which faithfully leads the diverse residents of Northeast Denver towards Jesus and His Grace, bringing more of Christ's future peace to Northeast Denver here and now.
Gracious Gospel: We want to bring a gracious gospel to Northeast Denver. The gospel brings life and beauty to all things. Jesus is the restorer of the streets, repairer of the broken. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus can bring healing not only to human hearts but also healing to relationships, racial division, family dysfunction, and its calls us out of our spiritual poverty.
Welcoming: Northeast Denver is a unique and beautiful collection of neighborhoods. It's also full of division, homelessness, poverty, and gang warfare. We want to be a church body that welcomes everyone no matter their race, sexual identity, family make up, religious identity, or income level. It's a high and beautiful calling but we believe Jesus can overcome these boundaries and we can all worship together.
Serving: Our church community wants to be a group of people that serves those around us. We want Denver to be glad Grace and Peace is around, caring for the orphan, the widow, and those in need around us. We believe in the power of loving your neighbor well and how that simple (but hard) act can change a community and we believe our community can begin to reflect the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Matt Morginsky, Lead Pastor
Matt hails originally from Long Island NY, but spent his teen years in Southern California. Shortly after meeting Jesus at the age of 15 he founded the band The O.C. Supertones which went on to release albums and tour until 2005. While deeply involved in a church startup with Sharon in 2004 Matt received a call to full-time ministry. In 2008 he attended Covenant Seminary in St. Louis graduating with an MDIV in 2011
After graduation the Morginskys were called to Denver CO and relocated in 2011. Shortly after moving to Denver to serve as an Assistant Pastor with a trajectory towards church-planting the Morginskys felt Jesus drawing them towards the Whittier neighborhood in Northeast Denver where they have lived since 2013. They saw the beautiful vibrancy and eclectic human makeup of the neighborhood, which was simultaneously shot through with division along lines of race, class, and generation. The Morginsky's feIt that it is divided communities which most need the reconciling power of Jesus to make them whole.
Matt and Sharon love being active in the community, having people over for dinner, going on adventurous hikes and keeping up with their four brainy and active children; Maggie, Abraham, Frankie, Rivka, and Sojunouer.
Jeanette Rojas, Children's Ministry Coordinator
Jeanette grew up in Loveland, Colorado and moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver where she received her BA in Anthropology and Spanish, Minor in Leadership, and MA in Curriculum & Instruction. While at DU, Jeanette was also able to study abroad in Ecuador and work in Guatemala focusing on youth development, specifically for young girls. Throughout college, Jeanette worked at a Christian summer camp, Brightwood Ranch in Canada, where she learned the value of testimony and worship when sharing the gospel with young people while living in a tipi and riding horses.
As the Children's Ministry Director, Jeanette delights in each and every one of our Grace and Peace kids. Jeanette hopes to foster a community for our pre-teens that allows them to grapple with justice, reconciliation, and the gospel while also having a lot of fun! On any given Sunday you can find Jeanette finalizing lesson plans for Sunday school or checking on our Nursery. During the week, Jeanette loves developing a community amongst our Grace & Peace women by hosting book clubs, dinners, and more!
Outside of Grace and Peace, Jeanette is an educator and cares deeply for serving and supporting all students in accessing higher education all over Colorado including undocumented scholars. Throughout her career, Jeanette has worked alongside countless families to not only see students access higher education but more importantly, graduate from colleges and universities across the country. Jeanette believes that scholars are the champion of their dreams and works in partnership with their community to provide the tools, knowledge, and resources needed.
Jason Woodman, Director of Community Groups
A Colorado native, the good news of Jesus became real to Jason in High School when his prom date shared it with him (long story). Jason spent time living in East Asia, Kansas, and New York City before moving back to Denver in 2012. Most of his time out of state was spent wishing he were living here! He returned to Denver to give leadership to a campus ministry where he has served as staff since 2003. His wife Kelly is superior to him in every way. Together, they have four children: Caleb, McKinley, Maddison, and Harry. Jason enjoys staying active in the Colorado mountains, listening to his jazz collection, and working on his house.
Lillia Chavez, Translator
Lillia hails from Mexico City but did most of her growing up in Denver. She is driven to make a difference in her community by empowering and pouring into others. Part of how she does this is through her role as translator at Grace and Peace, she had to cross racial and cultural barriers which were separating her from knowing Jesus and is now helping others do the same.
She has experienced the peace of Christ while worshipping and serving at Grace and Peace and hopes that serving as a translator for the Spanish speaking community in Northeast Denver they too can experience the love and peace of Jesus.
Lillia works as a nutritionist and is an avid athlete and dancer.
Marcel and Cindy Arocha, Music and Worship Leadership
Marcel and Cindy feel called to build their own consulting ministry, developing teams and worship culture at various churches in the Denver area, but while they do we’re thrilled to welcome their help in leading and building our music team and worship culture!
Marcel and Cindy are both passionate about Jesus, people, and music. They derive their passion and calling for developing worship teams and culture from the many years that they were blessed by leaders and mentors pouring into them and are eager to disciple the coming generation.
In this season of life Marcel and Cindy are learning that following Jesus into the uncomfortable and unknown leads to new and greater growth, depth and peace as they learn to trust Jesus and go with him on the courageous path of following the desires he has placed in their hearts.
Marcel and Cindy are the loving parents of 3 children, Caleb Anthony, Lucia Feliz (both now in Heaven) and Lucy “Lulu” Helene, 2